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Category: Look East: Korean Film Festival

Look East Korean film fest: 'Poetry,' 'The Host' in 3-D top lineup

June 4, 2012 | 12:13 pm


Ten films from South Korea, including 2010's acclaimed "Poetry" and 2009's Park Chan-wook vampire drama "Thirst," will screen as part of the inaugural Look East: Korean Film Festival, which will take place at Grauman's Chinese Theatre June 23-24, organizers announced Monday.

The lineup includes the 2005 film "A Bittersweet Life," starring Lee Byung-hun, who will appear in person for a Q&A and who will be among the first Korean performers in the history of the legendary Hollywood movie palace to have his handprints and footprints added to the theater's courtyard.

Also showing at the festival will be the 1958 drama "Flower in Hell" and the 1949 film "A Hometown in My Heart," both U.S. premieres; 2004's "3 Iron" from respected auteur Kim Ki-duk; "Poetry," from Korean writer-director Lee Chang-dong and starring the acclaimed actress Yun Jung-hee; and Todd McCarthy's 2007 documentary "Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema." French filmmaker and champion of Korean cinema Rissient will be on hand for a Q&A.

A 3-D version of the 2006 horror film "The Host," directed by Bong Joon-ho, also will be included in the lineup.

For a complete list of films, information about tickets to screenings and other events related to the festival, go to www.LookEastFestival.com


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Photo: Yun Jung-hee stars in "Poetry." Credit: Kino International.


L.A. film festivals to celebrate Korean, Czech movies

April 24, 2012 | 12:34 pm

Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre will host two international film festivals.

"Look East: Korean Film Festival" will be June 23-24 at Grauman's. The festival will feature new and classic films from Korea including features directed by Kwon Taek Im, Jee-woon Kim and Chang-dong Lee.  And for the first time in the legendary Hollywood movie palace's history, Korean performers, including actor Byung-hun Lee, will have their handprints and footprints added to the theater's courtyard.

A schedule of the films and events will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information, go to http://www.LookEastFestival.com

The Czech Filmfest 2012 will take place May 16-24 at the Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theatre. The inaugural festival opens with the 2010 thriller "Walking Too Fast"  from director Radim Spacek, who will participate in a Q&A session.

Other films include 2012's "Four Suns," from director Bohdan Slama, and the 2011 animated  "Alois Nebel."

The closing night presentation moves to the Italian Cultural Institute, where "Rhythm on My Heels," a 2009 musical set in 1950s Czechoslovakia, will be shown. For more information, go to http://www.cinefamily.org/films/czech-film-fest-2012.


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[For the record: A photo on an earlier version of this post was not of Byung-hun Lee.]

Photo: Byung-hun Lee will participate in a footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre during the Look East: Korean Film Festival in June. Credit: Look East: Korean Film Festival.


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